Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), GRAMMY winner Slash and the Recording Academy's Daryl Friedman
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Momentum For Music Creators Continues With Recording Arts & Sciences Congressional Caucus
In the spirit of continued momentum for music creators, the Recording Academy welcomes the announcement of the members of the bipartisan Recording Arts and Sciences Congressional Caucus for the 116th Congress, chaired by House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.). The caucus has been working with music creators to understand the economic and cultural impact of the music business on legislation since its inception in 2005.
In the past, caucus members have met with singers, songwriters, producers and engineers such as Recording Academy members The Band Perry, Kelly Clarkson, Brenda Lee, and Slash to discuss music's role in policy decision-making and how current laws impact their work and livelihood. The 2019 caucus promises to continue this bipartisan collaboration with music advocates.
"The 116th Congress began on a strong tailwind for music policy issues, and the robust, bipartisan membership of this caucus demonstrates a continued focus on music policy," said Daryl Friedman, Chief Industry, Government, & Member Relations Officer for the Recording Academy. "Recording Academy members look forward to working with the entire caucus to ensure that creatorsʹ voices continue to be heard on issues that affect not only them, but the next generation of creators."
That strong tailwind Freidman describes includes, among other incredible strides for music creators, the unanimous passage of the 2018 Music Modernization Act into law.
This year's incoming caucus members include many strong music advocates such as Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.), Julia Brownley (D-Calif.), Ken Buck (R-Colo.), Tony Cardenas (D-Calif.), Judy Chu (D-Calif.), Doug Collins (R-Ga), Lou Correa (D-Calif.), Louie Gohmert (R-Texas), Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas), Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), Michael McCaul (R-Texas), Jerold Nadler (D-N.Y.), Martha Roby (R-Ala.), Linda Sanchez (D-Calif.), Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), and more.
As the music community looks ahead at the work ahead, the Recording Academy is proud to support the Caucus and its efforts to promote the intersection of lawmakers and music makers.